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Lanterns see Chiang Mai flights halted

A total of 38 flights will be rescheduled or cancelled in order to avoid accidents involving floating sky lanterns during the traditional Yi Peng festival, Chiang Mai International Airport has announced.

The sky lanterns cause annual safety concerns, so airport chiefs have asked several airlines for their cooperation in order to reduce the risk of accidents, Kritsada Pugasab, deputy director of Chiang Mai International Airport, said yesterday.

From the previously listed flights to and from the airport, 16 will be cancelled and 22 others will be rescheduled between Saturday, Oct 31 and Sunday, Nov 1, he said.

Nevertheless, the airport remains a designated emergency landing facility, said Mr Kritsada.

All parts of Muang Chiang Mai and Hang Dong districts, as well as some areas of Mae Rim, San Sai and Saraphi districts, fall within an aviation safety zone and…

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